A 22-year-old woman was killed and her infant daughter injured Monday night after a man eluding city police ran a red light and plowed into her vehicle in West Baltimore, authorities said.
The accident occurred two weeks before Jordasha Rollins was to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday, and, in a twist of fate, she knew the driver of the vehicle that took her life.
But as family and friends hung balloons and flowers Tuesday at the site where the accident occurred, their anger was not directed at the driver but at police. They contend that the officer, who had been in pursuit of the driver for about five blocks, should not have continued the chase.
“Thanks to Baltimore’s finest, my niece is gone,” said Rollins’ aunt, Lee Avery, 38. Of the suspect driver, who grew up in their neighborhood, she said: “We know it was an accident — we know he didn’t mean it.”